We all know the old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”, but some pictures are so powerful that they are simply unforgettable and seeing them will force you to think for a while about this world in which we all are living. Some of these powerful photos will make you sad and cry, while others will fill your hearts with joy. These photos show us some of the best and worst sides of the human life. Each of these are more than a picture because all are telling complete stories behind them. Take a look at the 40 most powerful images of all time and tell us your feeling and thoughts about them.
1. Brazilian Boy
Diego Frazão Torquato, 12 year old Brazilian playing the violin at his teacher’s funeral. The teacher had helped him escape poverty and violence through music. [Image credits: salvemasnossascriancas]
2. Leao Dog
A dog named “Leao” sits for a second consecutive day at the grave of her owner, who died in the disastrous landslides near Rio de Janiero in 2011. [Image credits: Vanderlei Almeida / Getty Images]
3. Smoking Boy
Five-year-old gypsy boy on New Year’s Eve 2006 in the gypsy community of St. Jacques, Perpignan, Southern France. It is quite common in St. Jacques for little boys to smoke. [Image credits: Jesco Denzel]
4. Starving Boy and Missionary
[Image credits: Mike Wells]
5. Young Man Just Found out his Brother was Killed
[Image credits: Nhat V. Meyer]
A firefighter gives water to a koala during the devastating Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, Australia, in 2009. [Image credits: abc.net.au]
Indian homeless men wait to receive free food distributed outside a mosque ahead of Eid al-Fitr in New Delhi, India. [Image credits: Tsering Topgyal / AP]
8. Russian Soldier
A Russian soldier playing an abandoned piano in Chechnya in 1994. [Image credits: drugoi.livejournal]
9. Wait For Me Daddy
“Wait For Me Daddy”, October 1, 1940. Five-year-old kid reaches out for his father while he is in line marching on his way to a waiting train. [Image credits: Claude P. Dettloff]
10. The Falling Man
Man Falling from the World Trade Center on 9/11. “The Falling Man.” [Image credits: Richard Drew]
11. Alcoholic Father with his Son
[Image credits: Imgur]
12. Old Man
An old WW2 Russian tank veteran finally found the old tank in which he passed through the entire war – standing in a small Russian town as a monument. [Image credits: englishrussia.com]
A child gives a heart-shaped balloon to a policeman during riots against austerity measures in Bucharest. [Image credits: Ioana Moldovan]
Hhaing The Yu, 29, holds his face in his hand as rain falls on the decimated remains of his home near Myanmar’s capital after 2008 cyclone Nargis. [Image credits: Brian Sokol]
15. Christian Golczynski
Eight-year-old Christian Golczynski accepts the flag for his father, Marine Staff Sgt. Marc Golczynski, during a memorial service. Marc Golczynski was shot during his second tour in Iraq just a few weeks before returning back home. [Image credits: Aaron Thompson]
16. French Man
French man in tears while German troops occupy Paris.
17. Afghan Man offers Tea to a Soldier
[Image credits: Rafiq Maqbool]
18. Chinese Bride
A distressed bride attempts suicide in China after her fiance abruptly called off their marriage.
19. Harold Whittles
Harold Whittles hears for the first time ever after a doctor places an earpiece in his left ear.
Prisoner stares with no fear at Heinrich Himmler, one of the chief architects of the holocaust and chief of the gestapo. [Image credits: unknown]
Office workers look for a way out of a high rise building in central Christchurch, New Zealand.
22. Man with his Dog
Man being reunited with his dog after 2011 tsunami in Japan. [Image credits: unknown]
23. Boys with Guns
World Press Photo Winner 1993. Boys raise toy guns in a gesture of defiance during the Palestinian uprising, began in December 1987. [Image credits: Larry Towell]
Upset woman after Japan’s massive earthquake. [Image credits: Asahi Shimbun, Toshiyuki Tsunenari]
25. Steve Jobs
A boy looks at a figure of Steve Jobs next to flowers laid in his tribute at an Apple store in Hong Kong, China.
26. Flower Power
[Image credits: Bernie Boston]
27. Girl and Dog
A girl in isolation for radiation screening looks at her dog through a window in Nihonmatsu, Japan.
A demonstrator shows his bottom to riot police during a protest by European workers and trade union representatives to demand better job protection in the European Union countries in Brussels.
A University of California Davis police officer pepper-sprays students during their sit-in at an “Occupy UCD” demonstration in Davis, California. [Image credits: Jasna Hodzic]
30. A Malnourished Child
Mihag Gedi Farah, a seven-month-old child, is held by his mother in a field hospital of the International Rescue Committee in the town of Dadaab, Kenya.
31. Boy and Soldier
A U.S. Army soldier takes five with an Afghan boy during a patrol in Pul-e Alam, a town in Logar province, eastern Afghanistan.
32. Hurricane Irene from Space
Hurricane Irene approaches the east coast.
A mother comforts her son in Concord, Alabama, near his house which was completely destroyed by a tornado.
34. John F. Kennedy Jr.
John F. Kennedy Jr. salutes his father’s coffin along with the honor guard.
35. Four-Month Old Baby
A 4-month-old baby girl in a pink bear suit is miraculously rescued from the rubble by soldiers after four days missing following the Japanese tsunami.
A photo taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968.
37. Four Kids, Four Bags, Two Different Stories
[Image credits: unknown]
38. Father and Son, Photographed in 1949, 2009, and 2011
[Image credits: photosight.ru]
39. Heart Surgeon
Heart surgeon after 23-hour-long (successful) heart transplant. You can see his assistant sleeping in the corner. [Image credits: James Stanfield]
40. Their Final Embrace
Embracing couple in the rubble of a collapsed factory. [Image credits: Taslima Akhter]